Susquehanna Region

Susquehanna Branch - December 2015 Event - Agile in Non-IT Efforts


Earlier, we had planned and published an event flyer for a presentation by another speaker that has been rescheduled. We have been able to schedule a replacement speaker for the December 9 meeting.

 Plan on joining your PMI Susquehanna Region colleagues as we continue the monthly events series.  This month we are featuring an informative and entertaining session presented by Brian Lucas, who will be focusing on the Agile’s Evolution and Non-Information Technology Use.

As with most Susquehanna events, this is a no-cost session and is open to the public.  If you have someone who you feel will benefit from this session, please feel free to invite them.


Title: Agile’s Evolution and Non-Information Technology Use


Agile is commonly thought of as a phenomenon of Information Technology (IT) created in Utah back in 2001. The fact is agile came late to IT and has been used in the Apollo space program and by Thomas Edison. In business today, Agile has gained popularity far beyond the confines of IT project management. It is becoming a management philosophy of the enterprise. Learn why as project managers you need to begin to expand your agile thinking to a broader venue.


Our Presenter:

Brian Lucas - Author of Keeping Agile (

Brian has worked in the Information Technology area as a project manager, technical marketer, methodologist, manager, software architect, systems designer, data modeler, business analyst, systems programmer, software developer and creative writer.  These efforts include over a hundred hi-tech initiatives in almost every business and industrial sector as well as government and military projects.  Among them, he designed and developed a quality assurance system for the first transatlantic fiber optic communications network, a manufacturing system for a large computer manufacture’s seven manufacturing centers, a data mining system for steel production, an instrumentation system for cable systems, defined requirements for government’s information systems and designed and developed human performance management systems.  

Brian believes the primary responsibility of any person with some store of knowledge is to educate and mentor others. Brian has educated and mentored many.  He has also lectured extensively to a variety of audiences.  Brian is currently devoting as much time as possible to the innovation of business and organizational agility along with the next generation of agile software development.

As an amateur theoretical physicist he is working on joining general relativity and quantum mechanics through a multidimensional time corollary on string theory and negating the uncertainty principle in favor of Louis de Broglie’s wave/particle hypothesis.  He is also an avid blue-water sailor and wilderness backpacker.  He enjoys billiards, boxing, chess, cooking, famous battle reenactments and war gaming, fencing, flying, gardening, horseback riding, martial arts (particularly Ninjutsu), philosophy and psychology, playing musical instruments (7 so far), poker, rapid-fire target shooting, reading (he tries to read a new book every night), painting with oils, scuba diving and skiing.

Date:   Wednesday, December 9

Time:  Networking begins at 6:00 pm with the event starting promptly at 6:30 pm

Location:  Computer Aid Harrisburg; 470 Friendship Road; Harrisburg PA

Contact: For questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -or- contact Bob Roadcap at (717) 318-6592


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Cooperative Event with IIBA

Once again, the Harisburg chapter of the International Institute of Business Analyss is extending an invitation to PMI Keystone chapter members for its upcoming event.  

The IIBA normally charges a $10 fee for these events, but is offering our chapter FREE ADMISSION!

Here are the details: 

Facilitating Your Way to Good Requirements
2015.04.23 - 2015.04.23 06.00 h - 07.30 h
Giant Community Room - Harrisburg
Evening Event



Facilitating Your Way to
Good User Requirements

Presented by Lori Stevens
Guest Speaker from the IIBA Philadelphia Chapter


Thursday, April 23, 2015


Giant Community Center
2300 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17110


6:00 - 6:30pm Registration, mixing, and
complimentary refreshments
6:30 - 7:30pm Presentation followed by Q&A


FREE for Harrisburg Chapter of IIBA members
FREE for Keystone Chapter PMI Members
$10 for non-members

For PMPs or CBAPs, the session is worth one PDU or one CDU respectively.



Giant Community Room   -   Website
2300 Linglestown Rd

February 2015 Susquehanna Event

EVENT DATE:  Wednesday, February 11, 2015

EVENT TIME:  Networking at 6:00; Program begins at 6:30 and will run for 90 minutes

EVENT TITLE:  Conflict Management Styles presented by Colonel (Ret.) Daniel Jensen, D.Ed.

ABSTRACT:  This presentation will provide insight and challenge your thinking in the areas of:

  • Defining Conflict and why Managing Conflict is Important,
  • Conflict Management Styles (Accommodating, Collaborating, Negotiating, Avoiding, Forcing)
  • Dysfunctional versus Functional Conflict.

An assessment instrument, the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Questionnaire will used. This assessment determines participants preferred styles of dealing with conflict. 

Further discussion will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the various styles.

PRESENTER:  Dr. Dan Jensen is an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, leadership, education, and training. He is currently involved in Department of Defense training and education programs with General Dynamics Information Technology; Strategic Learning Consultants, LLC; and INTECON, LLC.  Dr. Jensen is also a member of the Corporate Faculty at Harrisburg University of Science & Technology where he designs and teaches leadership courses and conducts organizational development and leadership forums and workshops.  Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at Penn State Harrisburg providing leadership and organizational development instruction and training in support of the university’s Professional Development Programs. He also supports Dickinson College as an organizational development consultant and as a guest instructor for the college’s Management Development Program and the Higher Education Leadership Institute of Central Pennsylvania.

Before embarking in a consulting career Dr. Jensen served for over 26 years as an Army officer ending his military career as an instructor in the Department of Command, Leadership and Management at the U.S. Army War College teaching Strategic Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and other military and leadership related courses.  A practitioner and instructor of leadership, he had a myriad of military assignments ranging from an infantry battalion commander to an organizational development consultant where he designed and facilitated numerous strategic planning, process improvement, team building, and conflict management workshops for senior officials in the Washington, D.C. area and across the United States.   

Dr. Jensen earned a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, an M.S. in Human Resource Administration from Southeast Missouri State University, and a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  He received his Doctorate in Adult Education from Penn State Harrisburg.

LOCATION:  Computer Aid's Harrisburg Office, 470 Friendship Road Harrisburg PA 17111

CONTACT:  For questions please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact Dan Oneufer at (717) 805-4083

REGISTRATION:  Please Register for this event using the registration link found in on the PMI Website Registration Page .

Susquehanna Area Event - April 8, 2015

Title:  Leveraging Business Analysis to Manage the Project Portfolio


Description: Aligned organizations are effective organizations. They concentrate their resources on the things that matter. They ensure their project portfolio is configured to be an effective use of the available resources.

In this session we will review alignment and portfolio management concepts and discuss how core business analysis skills enable qualitative and quantitative measures to assess the projects in the portfolio.


Susquehanna Area January 2015 Event

Start the New Year off right by attending the upcoming Susquehanna Area PMI chapter meeting on Wednesday January 14.  We are thrilled to have Joe Hessmiller, industry authority in metrics, leadership, and Information Technology as our featured presenter. 


As with all chapter meetings there is no fee to attend, plus you earn valuable PDUs.  You are encouraged to invite friends and co-workers so they can see the benefits of becoming part of the chapter. 


The evening starts at 6:00 with light refreshments and networking.  We will then have a brief business meeting to discuss upocoming events.  Our presentation follows: 


EVENT TITLE:  Driving Innovative IT Metrics - Focusing on the Conditions for Success


ABSTRACT:  This presentation has the following objectives:

  • To establish the need for monitoring the metrics that really matter.
  • To identify the types of metrics that really matter.
  • Show how familiar framework can be adapted for metrics identification (and communication).
  • Give you enough to use back at your office to improve your metrics program.

PRESENTER:  Joe Hessmiller has over 30 years of experience in IT in a variety of areas, including:  analyst, programmer, technical training manager, project manager, user interface designer, project management consultant, consulting sales and marketing manager. Joe has wWorked with dozens of IT managers from Fortune 50 corporations and large government agencies.  He is a regular presenter at the IT Metrics and Productivity Institute events and webcasts.


LOCATION:  Computer Aid's Harrisburg Office, 470 Friendship Road Harrisburg PA 17111


CONTACT:  For questions please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact Dan Oneufer at (717) 805-4083


REGISTRATION:  Please Register for this event using the registration link found in on the PMI Website Registration Page .

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